Ordnance Survey Expands as a Distributor of Third-party Government Data

Ordnance Survey Expands as a Distributor of Third-party Government Data

Ordnance Survey (OS), Great Britain’s leading geospatial data provider, and BGS, the UK’s leading scientific earth data provider, both Geo6 members, are driving an exciting new development. It is the first time that products from another authoritative government data partner are available through the OS Data Hub.

OS expects this will be the beginning of more such partnerships, enabling developers, data scientists, and geospatial specialists across the nation to access a broader range of geospatial data more easily.

Customers will now be able to access both OS and BGS data from a unified platform, enhancing the ease of creating value from geospatial data.

The OS Data Hub is a data platform where you can download OS data. Using our suite of APIs and data downloads you can integrate geospatial data into your apps and solutions

BGS, with its extensive collection of over 400 datasets, digital databases, and physical collections (e.g., borehole cores, rocks, minerals, and fossils), will now include nine primary datasets as Open Data in the OS Data Hub. These datasets offer large-scale maps of ground hazards, such as landslide-prone areas, facilitating further assessment and highlighting hazards that may need regrading or detailed investigation.

Data from BGS GeoScour Open showing a generalised overview of the natural characteristics and properties of river areas for the assessment of river sediment. Overlaid with data from OS Open Rivers, OS Open Zoomstack and OS Terrain 50. OS Data Hub
Data from BGS GeoScour Open showing a generalised overview of the natural characteristics and properties of river areas for the assessment of river sediment. Overlaid with data from OS Open Rivers, OS Open Zoomstack and OS Terrain 50

The nine datasets are:

  1. BGS Geology 625k – bedrock geology showing rock type and lithology for the UK which could be used by academic institutions in understanding geology presence at a regional and national level.
  2. BGS Mining hazard (not including coal) 1 km hex grid – this provides a generalised overview of the likelihood for mining to have occurred, a national-scale summary of the presence of mining, and an indication of the level of hazard associated with old workings, generalised into a hexagon cell.
  3. BGS GeoSure 5km hex grid – used to inform potential regional ground instability issues and which types of instability might be present, for example: collapsible deposits, compressible ground, landslides, running sands, shrink-swell, and soluble rocks.
  4. BGS GeoClimate UKCP18 Open -shrink-swell national datasets show a potential change in subsidence due to changes in climate.
  5. BGS GeoCoast Open – contains a detailed suite of statistical data based on the underlying datasets (GeoCoast Premium).
  6. BGS GeoScour Open – this provides a generalised overview of the natural characteristics and properties of river areas for the assessment of river sediment. 
  7. BGS Hydrogeology 625k digital hydrogeological map of the UK – indicates aquifer potential in generalised terms using classifications defining flow based upon the geology. 
  8. BGS/UK Health Security Agency Radon data: Indicative Atlas of Radon – a simplified version of the radon potential dataset with each 1 km-grid square being classed according to the highest radon potential found within it.
  9. BGS Soil Parent Material Model – parent materials provide the basic foundations and building blocks of the soil, influencing texture, structure, drainage, and chemistry.

Source: OS

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